Meyer Lemon Thyme Icebox Cake Recipe

Lemon Thyme Icebox Cake Recipe

Recently I was contacted by KitchenAid to participate in a recipe challenge utilizing our Side-by-Side Counter-Depth refrigerator by creating a springtime no-bake cake. The formal challenge: ELEVATE A NO-BAKE CAKE. PLUS KitchenAid and BlogHer are sponsoring a giveaway too! But let’s talk cakes and challenges first.

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

easy peanut butter cookies recipe

This recipe for peanut butter cookies so easy, and basic enough that it can adapted for a variety of sweet treats, as in making peanut butter ice cream sandwiches! Of course, these peanut butter cookies are fine all by themselves with a big glass of milk, but it sure is fun to make special treats from time to time too.

Oatmeal Walnut Caramel Coffee Cake Recipe

Oatmeal Walnut Caramel Coffee Cake Recipe

Once in a while a great mistake happens. I think the mistakes that happen in the kitchen are the very best. Don’t you? Take this Oatmeal Walnut Caramel Coffee Cake Recipe, for example. This recipe began late one night as an attempt to satisfy a craving for caramel blondies. It was too late and I… 

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Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake Recipe

Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake Recipe

This Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake Recipe has been dancing around in my head for a while now after enjoying a delectable strawberry cake last spring at a local cafe. This one, made with a fresh strawberry puree mixed into the batter, just beckoned to be covered with a Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.

Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe

This Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe is a fantastic frosting for many baked goods.

When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better in my personal opinion. Recently I made a cake (which I’ll be sharing here tomorrow!) that just screamed to be topped with a decadent dark chocolate buttercream. I immediately remembered that unforgettable buttercream atop a cupcake I enjoyed at The Magnolia Bakery in Chicago a couple of years ago. I tried the vanilla and the chocolate. Oh my word. Talk about decadent.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Footballs Recipe

Chocolate Peanut Butter Footballs

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Footballs are not for throwing. Unless, of course, you’re talking about tossing a few in your mouth. And while it may be hard to get the perfect spiral with them, you will score big points with any football loving crowd.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls Recipe

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Once again the holidays flew by without getting around to everything on my baking list. So, over the past couple of weeks, the baking bug has hit and I’ve done a little catching up on making a few old favorites as well as trying some new treats too. These Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls are certainly an old favorite. I know I’m not alone when I say that. Chocolate and peanut butter is a combination that’s hard to beat, don’t you think?

Arroz Con Leche Recipe

Arroz Con Leche — a Spanish rice pudding

Arroz Con Leche can be enjoyed right away (once cooled a bit), or make ahead and serve well-chilled. This makes for an easy dessert to make ahead if you’re entertaining or hosting a dinner party. With a dusting of cinnamon and/or nutmeg it would be the perfect ending to the evening.

Poached Pears with Pinot


Poached Pears sounds like such a fancy, difficult dish. But it’s not. Really. If you can peal fruit, stir and simmer, you’ll have no problem. AND it’s perfect for the holidays, because it can be made ahead of time with a little rewarming of sauce. I do love a dish that can be made ahead.

Chess Pie

Chess Pie

I find some of the best recipes are the more simple ones, and this Chess Pie is no exception. While it may start with humble ingredients the results are far from it. A sweet custard pie with a hint of nutmeg that needs no other adornment or extra toppings.